By Emeka Mamah
Kaduna – The Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has raised alarm over what its described as attempts by unknown persons to plunge the state into religious crisis.
CAN said that some unscruplous elements were sending text messages to people warning Christians not to buy foodstuff and fruits from Muslims over alleged plans by the later to poison them as a way of reducing the Christian population, adding that there was nothing like that.
Secretary General of the association in the state, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, who made this known in a press statement yesterday allayed fears that there was no security report which indicated that there was such a devilish plan by any person or religious group and advised Christians to ignore such concocted lies.
The statement read in part: â€œIt has come to our notice that a certain text message with the following contents: â€œPlease donâ€™t buy your foodstuff and fruits from Muslims they are out to poison the food in order to kill as many as they can to meet their target from security reportâ€, is being sent and disseminated across the good people of the state purportedly said to have emanated from Christian organisations, or by extension concerned Christians.
â€œWith the foregoing, the leadership of the CAN, Kaduna State chapter therefore, wishes to distance CAN/Christians as well from such hype intended to cause confusion and break down of law and order in the state.
â€œFurthermore, we are calling on Christians to continue to live in peace with people of other religions in the state, while we are reiterating our commitment to peace.
It is our desire that all other stakeholders will reciprocate this gesture and continue to brace up towards ensuring peace and harmony in the state and the country at large.â€